Weekly Press Release for Game Against Utah

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    September 16, 2001

    Weekly Release #2:
    Utah (1-1) at Indiana (0-1)

    Utah Utes at Indiana Hoosiers
    Saturday, September 22, 2001
    Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
    4:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. EDT
    KJZZ-TV in Salt Lake City

    When: Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001; 4:00 p.m. EST
    Where: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, Ind.
    Television: KJZZ-TV in Salt Lake City
    Radio: IU Radio Network; WBWB 96.7 in Bloomington is the flagship
    Indiana's Cam Cameron: 13-32, fifth season
    Utah's Ron McBride: 76-54, 12th season
    Series History: Indiana leads 1-0
    Last Game: IU 31, Utah 7 in 1975
    Indiana in home openers at Memorial Stadium: 26-15; IU has lost only one home opener since 9/8/84 when UK defeated Indiana, 48-14; in 2000, Indiana lost its home opener to N.C. State, 41-38.
    Indiana vs. non-conference opponents under Cam Cameron: 5-8
    Indiana vs. the Mountain West: 2-0

    The Game: After a disappointing 35-14 season opening loss at N.C. State on Thursday, September 6, Indiana will look to rebound in time for its home opener vs. Utah on Saturday, September 22. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. EDT. Indiana's scheduled game vs. Kentucky on September 15 was postponed. Utah was scheduled to play Air Force this past Saturday but that contest was also postponed. Utah last played on September 8 and played very well but lost at 7th-ranked Oregon, 24-10.

    The Utah Series: Utah and Indiana have met on the gridiron one time previously with the Hoosiers defeating the Utes, 31-7, on September 27, 1975 in Bloomington. It was a day of records for Indiana as Terry Jones, Trent Smock and Frank Stavroff combined to overtake the Utes. Jones' 291 yards passing was the fourth best total in IU history at the time while Smock's 173 yards in receptions was fifth and his three touchdowns tied an IU record. Stavroff's 52-yard field goal matched an IU record with the 471 yards in total offense was the top Hoosier mark since the 1969 season. Courtney Snyder topped the Hoosier rushers with 87 yards on 24 carries. Indiana is 2-0 against teams currently in the Mountain West Conference as the Hoosiers defeated Brigam Young in the 1979 Holiday Bowl.

    The Coaches:
    Utah's Ron McBride:
    Utah's 12th-year head coach Ron McBride has compiled a 76-54 overall record as Utah's head coach. He has the second most wins of any coach in Utah football history. McBride's teams have won a share of conference titles in 1995 and 1999 and his teams have finished with a .500 record or better nine times, with eight winning seasons. He has taken the Utes to five bowl games and has a 2-3 bowl record. Utah's most recent bowl appearance was in 1999, when Utah beat Fresno State 17-16 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

    Indiana's Cam Cameron:
    Born: February 6, 1961 in Chapel Hill, N.C.
    Family: Married to Missy and the couple lives in Bloomington with their four children, Tommy, Danny, Christopher, and Elizabeth
    Coaching Experience: College: Indiana head coach (1997-present), Michigan assistant coach (1986-93), Michigan graduate assistant (1984-85); NFL: Washington Redskins asst. ('94-96).
    Education: Graduated from Terre Haute (Ind.) South H.S.; Earned a bachelor's degree in business from Indiana in 1983.

    Indiana-Utah connections: Indiana does not have a player on its current roster from the state of Utah. The Utes' roster does not include a player from Indiana. Utah offensive coordinator Craig Ver Steeg faced IU as the quarterbacks coach at Illinois from 1997-00.

    Indiana Versus the Mountain West: Indiana has a 2-0 record, including a 1-0 record vs. Utah, against teams currenty in the Mountain West Conference.

    Indiana in home openers at Memorial Stadium: Indiana is 26-15 in home openers at Memorial Stadium. The Hoosiers have lost only one home opener since 9/8/84 when Kentucky defeated Indiana, 48-14. Last fall, Indiana lost its home opener to N.C. State, 41-38. September 22 will be the latest home opener since the Hoosiers defeated Missouri, 58-7, on September 22, 1990. The last time the Hoosiers played a home opener later in the month of September than September 22 was a 14-7 victory over the Washington Huskies on September 23, 1978.

    Getting Off to a Good Start on the Defensive Side of the Football: Indiana's defense did not allow an opponent to score a single point on an opening drive of any game in 2000 and held the N.C. State Wolfpack to -4 yards on three plays in last week's season opener. During the third quarter of the season opener, Indiana held N.C. State to negative yardage on three of its four drives.

    Field Position vs. Wolfpack Proves Costly:
    There may have been no single element of IU's season opener at N.C. State than field position. Indiana's average starting field position vs. the Wolfpack was its own 33-yard line. N.C. State's average drive start was at its own 42-yard line. That total does not include an N.C. State touchdown when the Wolfpack recovered a blocked IU punt in the end zone. Six of N.C. State's 13 drives began in IU territory.

    Defensive Improvement Shown in Season Opener: Although the Hoosiers allowed 35 points in its season opener at N.C. State, the IU defense showed much improvement from just one year ago. Indiana allowed 361 total yards to a potent N.C. State offense. The fewest total yards allowed by the IU defense in any game during the 2000 season was 353 yards vs. Cincinnati and Iowa. The 361 total yards allowed were the fewest yards allowed by an IU defense in a road game since the Hoosiers allowed 326 at Illinois on 11/7/98.

    Indiana's New Faces: Indiana's staff will feature two new coaches in 2001, both of whom have ties to North Carolina. Quarterbacks coach/passing game coordinator Gerald Carr joined the IU staff on January 21, 2001, after spending the 2000 campaign as the offensive coordinator of the AFL's Carolina Cobras. Prior to his stint in the Arena League, Carr was the wide receivers coach at Wake Forest in 1999. Carr has also coached with the Philadelphia Eagles (1995-98), the University of North Carolina (1992-94), Arizona (1991), Washington State (1989-90), Akron (1986-88), Davidson (1982-85), and Southern Illinois (1981). Also joining the IU staff is defensive tackles coach Diron Reynolds. The outside linebackers coach at Wake Forest from 1999-00, Reynolds played a linebacker for the Demon Deacons from 1989-93. His brother, Jamal, was a first-round selection of the Green Bay Packers in the 2001 NFL Draft. Jamal played collegiately at Florida State.

    One of the Nation's Top Offensive Lines: Indiana's offensive line, which features senior center Craig Osika, juniors A.C. Myler and Enoch DeMar, and sophomore Anthony Oakley, was selected by Phil Steele's 2001 College Football Annual, as the third-best unit in the country. It was this unit that helped IU lead the Big Ten in rushing in 2000 (266.7 ypg) and allowed only nine sacks in 11 contests. The line allowed two sacks in the season opener at N.C. State despite running an entirely new offense from the previous season.

    It Certainly Looks the Part: The IU offense will certainly be as impressive physically as any team in the country. While making no comparison to their playing abilities, in terms of size, quarterback Tommy Jones (6-3.5, 236), fullback Jeremi Johnson (5-11, 255), and tailback Levron Williams (6-3.5, 228) would be like lining up a backfield with Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (6-2, 225), Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis (5-11, 255), and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George (6-3, 240). Also, starting tight end Kris Dielman is 6-4, 267, pounds and IU's projected starting offensive line is as follows: left tackle A.C. Myler (6-4, 325), left guards Anthony Oakley (6-3, 299) or Jamarkus Gorman (6-4, 309), center Craig Osika (6-4, 297), right guard Enoch DeMar (6-4, 306), and right tackles Bobby Brandt (6-7, 294) or Clay Stuart (6-5, 297).
    30+ Point Games: Indiana averaged 30.6 points per game in 2000, the second-highest total in school history. Indiana has scored 30-or-more points in 13 of its last 23 games.

    One of the Most Amazing Stats: Every Indiana player who tallied more than one carry in 2000 averaged at least 5.0 yards per rush. Indiana averaged 5.6 yards per carry last fall, the second best average in the country trailing only the University of Nebraska. The list includes running back Levron Williams (7.1 ypc), quarterback Antwaan Randle El (5.8), fullback De'Wayne Hogan (5.7), fullback Jeremi Johnson (5.7), running back Brian Lewis (5.6) running back Rashon Myles (5.4), and quarterback Tommy Jones (5.0). All but Hogan return in 2001. Johnson (6.8) and Randle El (5.3) averaged more than five yards per carry vs. the Wolfpack in the season opener.

    The Randle El File: IU graduate Antwaan Randle El (B.A. Sport Communication/Broadcasting in August 01') is recognized as one of the frontrunners for the 2001 Heisman Trophy. The Riverdale, Ill., product has played quarterback for the Hoosiers from 1998-00 and is expected to play wide receiver, quarterback, and return punts in 2001. He is the second-leading active passer in the Big Ten and second on the active career rushing list in the conference:

    Active Big Ten Career Rushing Leaders
    1) Damien Anderson, Northwestern, 3,841 yards
    2) Antwaan Randle El, IU, 2,968 yards
    3) Ladell Betts, Iowa, 2,762 yards
    4) Eric McCoo, Penn State, 2,292 yards
    5) Rocky Harvey, Illinois, 2,084 yards
    6) T.J. Duckett, Michigan State, 2,059 yards
    7) Montrell Lowe, Purdue, 1,908 yards
    8) Levron Williams, Indiana, 1,697 yards

    Active Big Ten Career Passing Leaders
    1) Kurt Kittner, Illinois, 6,004 yards
    2) Antwaan Randle El, Indiana, 5,812 yards
    3) Steve Bellisari, Ohio State, 4,205 yards
    4) Zak Kustok, Northwestern, 3,216 yards
    5) Brooks Bollinger, Wisconsin, 2,694 yards
    6) Kyle McCann, Iowa, 2,687 yards

    Closing in on a Major Milestone: With 188 additional passing yards and 32 more rushing yards, Antwaan Randle El will become the first player in Division I-A history to pass for 6,000 career yards and rush for 3,000 career yards. Randle El is one of only six players to record 4,000 career yards passing/2,000 career yards rushing. Current Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro Brian Mitchell finished his career at La.-Lafayette with 5,447 yards passing and 3,335 yards rushing.

    For More Antwaan Information: For additional information on Randle El, the 2001 Indiana Football Yearbook contains an extensive biography on Randle El that begins on page 32. Also, you may access Antwaan's web site at www.athletics.indiana. edu/twaan4heisman.

    Looking for Better Finishes: In 2000, Indiana lost four games (vs. N.C. State, at Kentucky, vs. Penn State, at Illinois) that were decided in the final minute of play.

    Upgrading the Talent on the Defensive Side of the Football: Obviously, the IU football squad's most glaring weakness in 2000 was its defense. However, it looks as if help has arrived. Antonio Watson and Willie Northern, both of whom participated in spring drills at IU and are presently in the two-deep, were the first- and third-rated defensive backs in the country as ranked by Superprep last winter. Northern spent one season playing wide receiver at Auburn. JUCO transfer Courtney Young enrolled at IU this summer after two seasons at San Francisco City College. The Bartow, Fla., product signed with Miami (Fla.) out of high school and will look to complement seniors Kemp Rasmussen (moved from DE to DT) and Dominique Smith at defensive tackle. Smith signed a letter-of-intent with Tennessee as a prep. Steve Williams, played extensively as a true freshman in 2000, has moved from defensive tackle to defensive end. Also, sophomore cornerback Michael Hanley, who played well as a true freshman in 1999, returns to the lineup after sitting out the entire 2000 campaign to concentrate on academics.

    Brotherly Love: Indiana senior defensive end Kemp Rasmussen's brother, Kyle, is a sophomore starter at defensive tackle for the Michigan State Spartans.

    The City of Brotherly Love:
    Philadelphia Eagles special teams coach John Harbaugh (brother of Detroit Lions quarterback Jim Harbaugh) has had the unique pleasure of coaching two of the finest dual-threat players in the college game, albeit one when he was in college and one in the pros. Harbaugh spent the 1997 season as the special teams coach at Indiana, Randle El's redshirt season. For the past two seasons, he has coached special teams ace Brian Mitchell, who along with Randle El, is the two most statistically productive dual-threat signal caller in college football history.

    The Senator: Redshirt freshman linebacker Chris Bayh may be one of the most politically connected players in college football. The Chevy Chase, Md., product is the son of Birch Bayh, who was Indiana's U.S. Senator from 1963-81 and Chris's half-brother, Evan, is currently a United States Senator. Bayh attended the Sidwell Friends School, the same high school attended by Al Gore III and Chelsea Clinton.

    Two-Sport Athletes: Indiana currently has two players on its roster who are two-sport athletes. Junior quarterback Gibran Hamdan started 49 games at first base for the Hoosiers in 2001 and hit .300 with 11 doubles and three home runs. Senior linebacker Brett Becks wrestled at 197 pounds for the Hoosiers in 2001 and finished with an 8-6 overall record, including a 2-1 mark in the Big Ten. Senior wide receiver/quarterback Antwaan Randle El has also played basketball and baseball at different stages of his career and was a 14th-round selection of the Chicago Cubs in the 1997 draft.

    The Graduates: In 2001, safety Greg Jensen, cornerback Marcus Floyd, Butkus Award candidate Justin Smith and Heisman Trophy candidate Antwaan Randle El will compete as Indiana University graduates. Indiana is one of only 13 schools to be recognized by the American Football Coaches Association for its exemplary football graduation rate in each of that organization's past three reports. Also, Indiana ranks second in the Big Ten in Academic All-Big Ten recipients over the past two seasons with 28. The total is the best two-year total in school history.

    Indiana's Academic All-America Candidates: The Hoosiers will likely feature four Academic All-America candidates in 2001. The group will be paced by safety Joe Gonzalez who was a Verizon All-District V Football Team Member in 2000. Fifth-year senior defensive tackle Kemp Rasmussen, along with sophomore kicker Adam Braucher and redshirt freshman tight end Aaron Halterman may also be candidates.

    The Butkus Award Candidate: For the second consecutive year, Indianapolis (Warren Central H.S.) product Justin Smith has been named to the Watch List for the Butkus Award. This award, presented annually to the nation's best collegiate linebacker, has a 69-member Watch List. Other Big Ten players named to the list include Michigan's Eric Brackens, Larry Foote and Victor Hobson; Northwestern's Kevin Bentley, Napoleon Harris, and Billy Silva; Ohio State's Joe Cooper and Matt Wilhelm; Michigan State's Josh Thornhill and Wisconsin's Nick Greisen. The 6-foot, 218-pound, Smith was awarded a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Indiana University this past spring and has earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in each of the past three seasons. On the playing field, Smith earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2000 as he started 11 games at outside linebacker and recorded 74 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and 6 sacks. He also was credited with 4 passes broken up and 2 forced fumbles. Smith earned Big Ten Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors in a win over Iowa and was instrumental in IU's victory over Minnesota as he forced a fumble by QB Travis Cole on a thundering hit late in the fourth quarter. The Butkus Award Watch List will be trimmed to 10 semi-finalists on October 18. Three finalists will be chosen on November 8 and the award will be presented on December 7.

    Justin, The Actor: Justin Smith spent his summer in Bloomington preparing for the season. While he lived in the weight room, he also spent some time on the stage. Smith performed in a four-person play called "Convergence." In this play, he played the conscience of Derek, the lead character in the play. The play ran during the month of August at the Indiana Memorial Union.

    Levron, The Artist: In senior running back Levron Williams's three seasons at IU including the 2001 season opener at N.C. State, he has rushed for 1,697 yards on only 245 carries. His 6.9 yards per carry average is one of the top marks in the history of the Big Ten. He also will likely have an opportunity to become one of only a select number of players who have rushed for 2,000 career yards and added 1,000 career yards receiving. In addition to his exploits on the playing field, Williams is also an outstanding artist who is becoming known for his drawings. Recently, he constructed a football helmet out of limestone.

    The Nation's Top-Rated Junior Fullback: Jeremi Johnson, a 5-foot-11, 255-pound, fullback from Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., has been recognized by as the top junior fullback in the country. He ranked fifth among all fullbacks, trailing only seniors. Johnson, who dropped his playing weight 20 pounds from 275 to 255 during the spring and summer months, has rushed for 439 yards and 5 touchdowns during his career, to go along with 22 catches for 180 yards and one score.

    The All-Airport Team: College football teams throughout the country are featuring bigger players and Indiana is no exception. The Hoosiers feature three offensive linemen who are 6-foot-7 or taller, including 6-foot-8.5" redshirt freshman offensive tackle Jason Fryar and 6-foot-8" Brett Taylor. IU's receiving corps includes 6-foot-7.5" Michael Robinson and 6-foot-4" Travis Haney and running back Levron Williams is among the tallest tailbacks in the country as he measures in at 6-foot-3.5".

    An International Influence: The 2001 edition of the football Hoosiers will have an international flavor as true freshman linebacker Martin Lapostolle prepped at Cegep du Vieux in Montreal, Quebec. Also, junior quarterback Gibran Hamdan was raised in Kuwait. His family was forced to leave the country when, while vacationing in San Diego, their home in Kuwait was destroyed by United States armed forces. He attended Bishop O'Connell High School in North Potomac, Md.

    Position Changes: Late in training camp, head coach Cam Cameron moved sophomore Colin Christopher from offensive guard to defensive tackle and redshirt freshman Jason Fryar from defensive tackle to offensive tackle. Both return to positions they manned earlier in their respective careers.

    Playing Experience on the Offense:
    Indiana's projected starters in the home opener vs. Kentucky include many players who have a tremendous amount of playing experience. The list is as follows: LT A.C. Myler (23 games played/12 games started, 12/12 at left tackle), LG Anthony Oakley (12GP/12GS), C Craig Osika (33/28, 12/12 at C), RG Enoch DeMar (23/23), RT Bobby Brandt (23/12, started 11 games at TE in 2000), FB Jeremi Johnson (23G/6GS), RB Brian Lewis (12GP/5GS), WR Antwaan Randle El (34/34, 33/33 at QB), WR Glenn Johnson, (9/0), QB Tommy Jones (10/1), and TE Kris Dielman (23/2).

    "The Quote Page"

    IU junior quarterback Tommy Jones prior to the decision to postpone the IU-Kentucky game: ""Honestly, I don't think (we should play). It's up to (others) to decide that, but in my view, some kids went home yesterday without parents. They had siblings that they have no longer. We're trying to focus in on football and keep our heads around here but, honestly, it's hard ... (because) nobody's heart or head is in the game right now. We just want to pray for the people who are having these difficulties in life right now. If we play, we'll go out there and play the best we can. But, in my opinion, we probably shouldn't be playing Saturday."

    IU junior safety Joe Gonzalez on the current state of the IU football squad: "The 110 people in the program and the football administration might be the only ones who believe we can still do the things we want to do, which means going to a bowl game and having a great season. I don't blame other people for not believing, certainly not after what they saw last Thursday night. The team we were on Thursday night was not the real Indiana football team. Indiana beat Indiana. I know, for a fact, as a team, we believe we can get accomplished what we want to do. We know how good we can be. We still have a ways to go, but we have the capacity to succeed."

    Head coach Cam Cameron on the North Carolina State game: "I can't remember any point in time that we've made that many mistakes. I'm especially concerned about our kicking game and mistakes offensively in the red zone. I take full responsibility for our coming out and making mistakes. We both had the same amount of time to prepare for the game and they come in and play pretty much mistake-free football, while we make about every conceivable mistake. That comes down to the head coaching situation. It's my responsibility." - following Indiana's 35-14 loss at N.C. State on 9/6/01.

    Cameron on his expectations for the 2001 campaign: "This will be our best football team at Indiana. The bottom line is you've got to have some talent, and this is going to be our most talented team. So it starts with that. The measuring stick is really pretty simple, at this point, for our program. From an integrity standpoint, we're really pleased with how we run our program. From a graduation standpoint, we're please with all that. But the bottom line is you have to win. I don't care what they pay us; I don't care how long your contract is; you get tired of losing. And so we're going to measure this season on our ability to win. That's why we do what we do. We don't go out there to just have a job. We're not in this deal to participate in Division I football and be a member of the Big Ten Conference. You're in this thing to win. You're in this thing to win championships; you're in this thing to win bowl games. You need to do those other things, like graduate players. That's our style. But our style needs to start winning." - Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon, Chicago, Ill., 8/1/01.

    First-year quarterbacks coach Gerald Carr on the IU quarterback situation: "I'm not afraid to put any of the three into the football game," said Carr about Tommy Jones, Antwaan Randle El, and Gibran Hamdan. "I have no qualms at all." - Bloomington Herald-Times, 8/22/01.

    Said Carr about Randle El: "I understand why Antwaan is as good as he is, now that I've been around him. He's not the biggest guy. He's not the fastest guy. But I'll tell you what, he has the heart of a lion." - Bloomington Herald-Times, 8/22/01.

    Randle El on returning to IU for his senior season: "It's fun. It's not like I'm coming back to something terrible. I feel like no matter what, we can win with this team, and this is the year we're going to win. If I leave, it's a good situation. If I stay, it's a good situation. But what am I getting if I leave? If I leave, I don't finish my college degree. If I stay, I get my college degree, I can come back and improve my NFL status and take this team to a bowl game. Now it's time to win those games in the last minute. We lost five games in the last minute last year, man. That killed us." - The Sporting News, 7/9/01.

    Randle El on the IU defense: "We know it's going to be a different defense, just from what we've seen in the spring. We got some knuckleheads off the defense that hurt us last year a lot. I say that, but I mean it because it's so true. They're going to play well." - Bloomington Herald-Times, 8/16/01.

    Playing with Pain: Junior defensive tackle Sean Nelson missed the entire 2000 season with a chronic shoulder injury but has practiced throughout training camp in 2001 and is expected to see action this fall. He takes limited number of live contact snaps during practice and attempts to stay conditioned by riding a stationary bicycle throughout much of practice. Joked Sean, "I'm presently training to ride in the Little 500 Bike Race this spring." The Little 500 is a highly competitive 50-mile bike race held on campus every spring. It is often recognized as the greatest college intramural event in the country.

    Mr. Tough Guy: Junior tight end Kris Dielman has quickly become a favorite of network television cameras for isolation shots. Dielman has earned a reputation on kickoff returns for pancaking his opponents and IU kickoff returns often end with him on top of a member of the opponent's kickoff team.

    The following milestones that may be reached by IU Players in the Next Several Weeks:

    Senior Wide Receiver/Quarterback Antwaan Randle El...
    • needs 188 yards passing to reach 6,000 yards passing for his career.
    • needs 32 yards rushing to reach 3,000 yards passing for his career. He would become the seventh Division I-A quarterback in history to reach this impressive mark.
    • needs 188 yards passing and 32 yards rushing to become the first player in Division I-A history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards.
    • needs 71 total yards (rushing and passing) to pass Ohio State's Art Schlichter and move into fourth place on the Big Ten's total offensive yardage list
    • needs three touchdown passes to move past Steve Bradley (35 TD passes, 1983) into first place on Indiana's career touchdown passes list.
    • needs 62 rushing yards to pass Vaughn Dunbar (3,029 rushing yards from 1990-91) and move into fourth place on IU's career rushing yardage list.

    Senior running back Levron Williams...
    • needs 47 yards rushing to pass Bobby Howard (1,743 yards rushing from 1982-85) to move into 11th place on IU's career rushing yardage list.

    Two True Freshmen See Action: Two true freshmen saw the first action of their careers at North Carolina State. Louisville St. Xavier product Deonte Smith saw action on special teams and made a big hit on the opening kickoff of the game when he tackled Ray Robinson at the N.C. State 18-yard line. Courtney Roby saw action at wide receiver and made the first reception of his career midway through the fourth quarter when he picked up nine yards on a pass from Tommy Jones on a 1st-and-10 from the IU-47.

    Tommy Jones's Debut: Although the IU offense bogged down at time, junior quarterback Tommy Jones played steady football for most of the night in the season opener at N.C. State. Jones completed 18 of 31 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown and did not throw an interception. He did, however, fumble while being sacked midway through the 3rd qtr.

    Special Teams Ups and Downs: Indiana's special teams units were very good in several areas in the season opener and struggled in others, especially punt protection. Most costly for the Hoosiers were two blocked punts in the second quarter that led directly to 10 Wolfpack points. Also, sophomore kicker Adam Braucher missed the first field goal attempt of his career, a 41-yarder in the first quarter. On the positive side of the ledger, IU's Kemp Rasmussen blocked an extra point, an N.C. State field goal attempt was blocked, and IU's coverage teams limited the Wolfpack to only 37 total yards on four combined kickoff and punt returns. IU also recovered an onsides kick in the fourth quarter.

    Defensive Improvement: After a 2000 season that saw IU's defense struggle, second-year defensive coordinator James Bell's charges showed great improvement in the season opener at N.C. State. Of the Wolfpack's 14 drives, six ended with drives of -4, 1, 0, -1, -3, and -6 yards.

    Player Personality Profile - Devin Schaffer
    My goal in life: Is to be a productive citizen
    My worst fear: Heights
    My greatest moment off the football field: Was graduating from high school
    Most influential person(s) in my life: My parents
    The best advice I've ever been give: Nothing is ever as good or as bad as it seems
    Reason I chose Indiana: To be close to home
    The best player I've ever played against: Antwaan Randle El
    A surprise player on this year's team will be: Deonte Smith
    Favorite Food: Subway
    Favorite Movie: Good Fellas
    Favorite Television Show: Martin
    Favorite Musical Artist: Jay-Z
    Favorite Professional Sports Team: Indiana Pacers
    Favorite Class at Indiana: African-American History
    Toughest Class I've Taken at IU: Calculus
    When not playing football I enjoy: Spending time with family
    If I were president for a day I would: End homelessness
    In 20 years, I see myself: As a college professor




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